March 14, 2011
COUGARS RETURN TO POSTSEASON PLAY HOSTING 49ERS IN THE NIT: Washington State University men's basketball (19-12) makes its fourth postseason appearance in five seasons as it hosts Long Beach State (22-11), Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. PT at Beasley Coliseum. The game can be seen live on ESPNU. The Cougars snatched the No. 2 seed in the Boston College Region and host No. 7 LBSU, which finished first in the Big West with a 14-2 league mark, but fell in the championship game of its conference tournament.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars hold a 19-12 overall record and finished sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 9-9 league mark.
WSU fell to tournament-champion Washington, 89-87, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament Thursday at Los Angeles's Staples Center.
The Cougs are 10-4 at Beasley Coliseum this season and were 6-3 at home in conference play.
WSU's home losses came to NCAA-Tournament participants Kansas State, Arizona and UCLA, along with Stanford.
Washington State has lost its last two games, the tournament game to Washington and a home loss to UCLA in overtime March 5...the Cougs have not won more than two-straight games since December.
Junior Klay Thompson leads the team, the conference and ranks eighth in the country with 22.1 points per game.
He also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made per game (ninth in the country), free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and steals.
Junior transfer Faisal Aden is second on the team and 14th in the league with 13.1 points per game...he's scored in double-figures in the last three games.
Junior DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs in rebounding and ranks eighth in the league with 6.9 boards a game...he's third on the team and 18th in the league in scoring with 12.1 points, while ranking second in the conference with 1.6 blocks per game.
Sophomore point guard Reggie Moore, who has missed six games this season, is adding 9.4 points and a league ninth-best 3.5 assists an outing.
IN THE NIT:
Washington State is making its second appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in three years and the fifth time in its history.
The Cougars are 4-4 all-time in NIT games and have won at least one game in the tournament in three of their four appearances.
Two seasons ago (2008-09), WSU entered the NIT as the No. 7 seed and feel to No. 2 Saint Mary's, 68-57, in the first round at Moraga, Calif.
Three current Cougars played in WSU's last NIT game, Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson...all three were freshmen...Thompson finished with seven points, while Capers and Casto each contributed six.
WSU has won all three NIT games it has hosted at Pullman...all three were first round games.
In 1992 WSU defeated Minnesota in the first round at home, in 1995 it was a victory over Texas Tech at home and in 1996 the Cougars defeated Gonzaga in the first round at Pullman.
WSU has never faced a Big West team in the NIT.
For more information on WSU in the NIT see pages 5-6 of these notes.
AGAINST THE 49ERS:
Washington State and Long Beach State have met twice, holding a 1-1 tie in the all-time series.
The two teams first met Dec. 1, 1962 at Pullman, in which WSU came out with the 79-69 victory.
Thirteen years later LBSU got revenge with an 80-74 victory at the Dayton Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1975.
The Cougars are 8-2 all-time against current members of the Big West.
THOMPSON'S RECORD-BREAKING SEASON:
Junior Klay Thompson has already five WSU career and single-season records this year.
He is WSU's all-time single-season scoring leader with 664 points so far this season...he passed Isaac Fontaine who set the record in 1997 with 657 points.
Thompson is also the Cougars' career leader for 3-point field goals made...he now has 237 made 3-pointers and took the crown from Eddie Hill who played at WSU from 1991-94 and made 233.
Thompson also holds the career record for 3-point field goals attempted (594), and the season records for 3-point field goals made (93) and field goal attempts (492).
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER:
Klay Thompson has 1,687 points in 94 career games, ranking third in WSU's career record books.
As a sophomore he became the 31st Coug and third-fastest to reach 1,000 points as he did it in his 63rd career game March 6, 2010.
Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points in his career from 1994-97.
Steve Puidokas ranks second with 1,894 points from 1974-77.
If Thompson were to score his career average of 17.9 points per game as a senior, he would add 555 points next year, giving him 2,242 points...that would rank sixth all-time in conference history.
Thompson's current 1,687 points ranks 55th in Pac-10 history for career scoring.
KLAY TEARS UP PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECORD BOOKS TOO:
Although the Cougars played just one game in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament, Klay Thompson left his mark, setting or tying five single-game tournament records.
Thompson set the single-game scoring record with 43 points, passing California's Leon Powe's 41 which he accomplished in two overtimes against Oregon, March 10, 2006...Reggie Miller of UCLA had the regulation record with 39 points against Arizona State, March 6, 1987.
Thompson also bettered Miller's single-half record of 24 points with 25 of his own in the second half.
Thompson's eight 3-point field goals is a record as well, bettering seven done by Arizona's Salim Stoudamire and Oregon's Bryce Taylor.
He also tied Reggie Miller's field goal record (15) and the 3-point field goal attempt record (14), done four times, most recently by former Coug Derrick Low.
Two of Washington State's last three losses have been decided by four points or less and both came with the Cougars down at least one starter or significant contributor.
The Cougars' 58-54 overtime loss to UCLA March 5 came without starters Klay Thompson and Reggie Moore...Thompson was suspended, while Moore injured his ankle in the previous game.
WSU's 71-69 loss at Arizona State Feb. 19 came without sixth-man Faisal Aden, who has been battling knee problems all season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State fell to Washington, 89-87, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament Thursday, March 10, ending the Cougs' hopes of the NCAA Tournament.
Klay Thompson set the Pac-10 Tournament record for single-game points with 43...the old record was held by Leon Powe of California with 41 in double-overtime...also tied his career high.
Thompson set the Pac-10 Tournament record for single-game 3-pointers with eight...passed Salim Stoudamire of Arizona and Bryce Taylor of Oregon each with seven...tied his career high.
He tied Reggie Miller for the single-game record for field goals made with 15...he set the record for field goal attempts with 29.
Thompson passed Eddie Hill for the WSU career 3-point record with eight on the night...he now has 237.
Thompson became WSU's single-season scoring leader and now has 664 points...he passed Isaac Fontaine who had 657.
Thompson tied his season-high for first-half points with 18.
Faisal Aden scored in double figures for the third-straight game...he finished with 17 points.
WSU has lost its last two games when leading at the half and is now 15-3 when leading after the first 20 minutes.
The Cougars drop to 5-12 all-time in the Pac-10 Tournament and 1-2 as the No. 6 seed.
THOMPSON RETURNS TO PAC-10 40-POINT CLUB:
Klay Thompson is one of just two Pac-10 Players to reach the 40-point plateau over the last five season...he has reached it twice.
Thompson scored 43 against Washington March 10 at the Pac-10 Tournament and 43 against San Diego at the Great Alaska Shootout as a sophomore, Nov. 28, 2009.
James Harden of Arizona State scored 40 points against UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008.
Thompson's 43 are the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
Below is a look at 40-point scorers in the Pac-10 since 2002-03.
Klay Thompson (WSU) - 43 vs. Washington - 3/10/11
Klay Thompson (WSU) - 43 vs. San Diego - 11/28/09
James Harden (ASU) - 40 vs. UTEP - 11/30/08
Leon Powe (Cal) - 41 vs. Oregon - 03/10/06
Luke Jackson (Ore) - 42 vs. Arizona - 02/19/04
Desmon Farmer (USC) - 40 vs. Arizona - 01/15/04
Luke Jackson (Ore) - 40 vs. Colorado - 03/17/04
Jason Kapono (UCLA) - 44 vs. WSU - 01/04/03
Marcus Moore (WSU) - 42 vs. Gonzaga - 12/07/02
COUGARS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac-10 Team...he is the fourth player in Cougar history to be named to the first team during multiple seasons.
DeAngelo Casto was named to the All-Pac-10 second team as well as the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.
Last year Casto was named honorable mention and to the all-defensive team.
Both Cougars earned Pac-10 All-Freshmen Accolades as rookies in 2008-09.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALS:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just four games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 during the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 78 halves with at least 10 points, 38 times in the first half and 40 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 27 halves, 11 in the first and 16 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half eight times, three in the first half, five in the second half.
In 22 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 11 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 36 halves.
Faisal Aden (15 halves), DeAngelo Casto (nine halves), Reggie Moore (five halves), Brock Motum (three halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
THOMPSON EARNS NABC AND USBWA HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named to both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) all-district teams.
Thompson became one of three Cougars to earn NABC first team all-district honors in their career.
He is the first Cougar to be honored by the USBWA multiple times.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN AND NAISMITH MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson was one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason lists since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the Wooden midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year...the first to make the Naismith top-30 cut since Weaver in 2007-08.
Thompson was joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) on both lists.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball. 2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses